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At this time in the hurricane season, conditions usually begin to become unfavorable for storms to develop, but some meteorologists are saying this year is different because of warm temperatures. After all, this is just an uncommon occurrence, not completely unheard of. The intensity is somewhat uncertain, however, as there have been no aircraft investigations of the hurricane since it is well away from land over the open Atlantic, forcing forecasters to rely on remote sensing techniques to estimate wind strength.
Hurricane Ophelia is now raging at 90mph over the northeastern Atlantic and could strengthen further over the next couple of days, according to the NHC.
As of 4 a.m. Thursday, the National Hurricane Center said Ophelia was 725 miles southwest of the Azores and moving northeast at 3 mph. Over the weekend it accelerates off to the north-northeast, continuing on this track through early next week.
"After that, indications are that by that point it will then have weakened and be no longer a hurricane or tropical storm - it will be extratropical".
Farther to the east, Ireland and the United Kingdom are also watching Ophelia's track, which could bring hurricane conditions to some areas there early next week.
Perhaps the most impressive statistic is that if Ophelia strengthens to a hurricane, which it is forecast to do, it will be the tenth consecutive hurricane.
From here Ophelia will curl more northward and remain a strong storm near Ireland Monday or Monday night.